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Weekly Mini-Projects: Kitchen

Nine ways to simplify your life and streamline your entire family’s routine in the kitchen.

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bins of snacks organized by type

Remember when we thought quarantine would last for only a few weeks? And how our 14 Day Mini-Edit (which then extended to 28 days) was supposed to keep us busy and distracted until our kids were sent back to school and Starbucks was open again?

HAHAHAHAHA. Not even close. Sometimes we still don’t even know what day it is. What *is* time anyway? What is it like to hug a friend? Is it normal to have dreams about hand sanitizer? How many weeks away am I from cutting my own hair?

We’re already running out of things to watch on Netflix, which means it’s time for another round of organizing projects.

Up first? The kitchen. Since it tends to be the hub of the household, every drawer and cabinet should be considered valuable real estate. Use it wisely to simplify your life and streamline your *entire* family’s routine.

frozen food neatly organized in racks

1. In a freezer, narrow bins and wire dividers keep items like frozen meat, bags of veggies, and boxed meals contained and easy to spot.

pans and pots organized neatly in a cupboard

2. Nesting pots and pans on top of each other might *seem* like a space-saving solution but can make accessing them a nightmare from hell. Storing them upright between dividers makes it easy for you to grab what you need, and only what you need.

spice jars neatly labeled in a row

3. Storing spices in matching jars isn’t purely aesthetics. The uniformity helps to maximize space, whether that’s on a turntable or propped up in a drawer. For the finishing touch, add custom labels (which you order here in THE shop!)

pods organized in a drawer by color

4. Keurig and Nespresso pods are the perfect size for drawer storage. Take advantage of every inch with expandable drawer dividers. This also works well for tea packets and creamers.

white dishes organized in a pantry

5. Too many dishes, not enough storage space? Look no further than risers to create a custom shelving solution without the help of a contractor.

a neatly organized pantry with baskets and racks of food

6. Who says the pantry is just for food? Take advantage of unused floor space with large bins for storing your back stock items, lunch boxes, etc.

a neatly organized pantry shelf of appliances and cookbooks and bins

7. Larger appliances can also be stored in the pantry to free up your kitchen cabinets and counters.

bins of snacks labeled neatly

8. Deep kitchen drawers make the perfect snack station. Store your favorites in lidded canisters so they stay fresh and accessible.

bins labeled entertaining, containing table decor and napkin rings

9. Free up valuable drawer space by utilizing stackable bins (or shoe boxes!) for your seasonal table settings or party supplies and store in a cabinet you don’t frequently access.

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This post originally appeared on The Home Edit and was published May 3, 2020. This article is republished here with permission.

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